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Boston Bicycle Accident Lawyer
Bicycle accidents happen every day in Massachusetts (especially in Boston due to the high number of bikes and cars). These accidents typically happen when a motorist fails to stop at a red light or stop sign, fails to yield, or comes into the lane of the cyclist. Attorney Christopher Earley is a Boston bicycle accident lawyer that helps bicycle operators injured by negligence.
No matter how the accident happened, it is important to have a qualified Boston bicycle accident lawyer on your side. We are highly experienced in handling, and successfully settling, these types of personal injury claims. It is important to know the insurance company for the car that hit you will attempt to limit your rights as much as possible. Don’t let that happen. We will go to bat for you and collect full and fair compensation from the insurance company for all damages you suffered in your bicycle accident.
Common Massachusetts Bicycle Accident Injuries
Because they are exposed and unprotected by sheet metal like car occupants are, those injured in bicycle accidents can suffer from very serious injuries. Factors such as excessive speeding or sudden movements by a car can cause a bicyclist to be thrown from the bicycle.
Bicycle accident victims can suffer soft tissue injuries, fractures (broken bones), dislocations, bruising (contusions), head injuries, scarring, and even death. It is important to seek prompt medical attention following a bicycle crash so that your injuries are properly documented.
Nationwide Bicycle Accident Crash Statistics
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2014 bicyclists accounted for roughly 2% of all traffic deaths and 2% of all crash-related injuries. The NHTSA also found the overwhelming majority of bicycle-related deaths in 2014 occurred to males, with the age bracket of 20-24 comprising the largest number of fatalities. Further, about 21% of bicycle-related deaths were due to intoxication of the bicyclist.
And according to the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center:
- Estimated bicyclist injuries in 2006: 44,000
- Estimated bicyclist injuries in 2015: 45,000 (NHTSA Traffic Safety Facts)
- Change in estimated bicyclist injuries between 2006 and 2015: 2.3 percent increase
- The total cost of bicyclist injury and death is over $4 billion per year (National Safety Council).
Common Causes of Massachusetts Bicycle Accidents
- Improper left turns
- Following too closely
- Distracted Driving
- Improper lane changes
- Failure to stop at red light
- Failure to stop at stop sign
Massachusetts Bicycle Crash Cases We Handle
We represent bicyclists injured by:
- Car Accidents – These are the most common type of bicycle accident and are frequently caused by inattention, speeding, and other negligent factors.
- Dooring Accidents – We represent bicycle accident victims doored by motor vehicle operators and passengers. Dooring is illegal under Massachusetts law.
- Truck Accidents – These accidents can cause extremely devastating and catastrophic injuries.
- Taxi Accidents – Given the high number of taxis in Boston, these accidents are very common.
- Rideshare Accidents – Massachusetts bicyclists are frequently struck by Lyft and Uber Drivers.
- Motorcycle Accidents – Although less common, bicyclists injured by negligent motorcycle operators is a real problem.
Massachusetts Bicycle Accident Insurance Benefits
You are entitled to have up to $8000.00 in your medical bills and lost wages paid that are incurred following your Massachusetts bicycle accident. These are “no-fault” benefits, also known as PIP (Personal Injury Protection) benefits and come into play even if the accident was your fault. It is important to complete a PIP application as soon as possible in order to take advantage of PIP benefits. I am a Boston bicycle accident lawyer can help you with this paperwork.
You also may make a claim for pain and suffering damages. These damages compensate you for any physical injuries, or mental distress, you suffered in your bicycle accident. These damages are also paid by the same insurance company that pays you for your PIP benefits. The amount of pain and suffering damages you may receive depends on factors such as how long you had to receive medical treatment for; the nature and extent of your injuries; whether there are any permanent injuries, whether you were partly at fault for the crash, and other factors as well are considered.
How a Massachusetts Bicycle Accident Lawyer Can Help You
These accidents can frequently cause very serious injuries given how exposed cyclists are when they are contacted by motor vehicles. These accidents can also be very complicated as liability and insurance coverage issues may arise. We are experienced with investigating these accidents, and finding out precisely how the motor vehicle that hit you is responsible for your injuries. We seek out any witnesses and obtain any video coverage that may exist of the crash. Our office will also collect any photos of your bicycle and the car(s) that hit you, as well as photos of your injuries, and the accident scene.
The next step in this process is to monitor all of your medical treatment. Once the treatment has finished, we then collect all your medical records, bills, and proof of lost wages. We then submit a settlement demand package to the insurance company. Then, negotiations begin with the insurance company in order to reach a full and fair settlement for your bicycle accident case. I am a Boston bicycle accident lawyer that will fight for maximum compensation for your case.
Time Limits For Bringing a Massachusetts Bicycle Accident Claim
Please know that you have only three years in Massachusetts to file a claim for injuries, lost wages and pain and suffering following your Massachusetts bicycle accident. These cases are usually most successful when promptly brought. Delays in filing claims for bicycle accident injuries only tend to hurt these cases. The reason is that witnesses and important evidence can be lost.
Boston Bicycle Accident Attorney Settlements
- We recently successfully settled a bicycle accident crash at a mediation session for our client. The case settled for $ 190,000 against a negligent automobile operator that injured our client.
Attorney Earley has a long track record of success and can help you with your bicycle accident claim while you recover from your injuries. I am a Boston bicycle accident lawyer that is here to help you.
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